NESCAC Preview: Fifth-Seeded Women's Hockey Gears Up for NESCAC Semifinals

NESCAC Preview: Fifth-Seeded Women's Hockey Gears Up for NESCAC Semifinals

NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

AMHERST, Mass. - The fifth-seeded Amherst College women's ice hockey team is set to take on top-seeded and archrival Williams College in 2019 NESCAC Championship Semifinal action this weekend. The first of two matchups on the day, Amherst will hit the ice on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at Lansing Chapman Rink in Williamstown, Mass.

In regular season play, Williams swept the Mammoths, 4-0 and 5-2, in a home-and-home series on Jan. 25 and 26, while Middlebury clinched 4-1 and 3-2 wins over Hamilton in Clinton, N.Y. that same weekend.

LIVE COVERAGE
Saturday, March 2 - Lansing Chapman Rink
No. 5 Amherst at No. 1 Williams - Video / Live Stats
No. 3 Hamilton vs. No. 2 Middlebury - Video / Live Stats

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • The lone upset of the Quarterfinals, No. 5 Amherst punched its ticket to the Semifinals with a 3-2 overtime win against No. 4 Trinity.
  • Top-seeded Williams clinched hosting duties throughout the Championship with a 3-0 win over No. 8 Wesleyan in the Quarters.
  • Pulling off a thrilling comeback that featured two goals in the final minute of regulation, No. 2 Middlebury advances to the Semifinals after edging No. 7 Connecticut College in OT, 3-2.
  • Downing No. 6 Colby, No. 3 Hamilton gears up for the Semifinals after a two-goal second period sparked a 3-1 win against the Mules.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 5 Seed (13-10-2, 8-6-2 NESCAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Ranking fourth in the league in points per game (0.88), Jocelyn Hunyadi '19 leads the Mammoths in points (22) behind seven goals and 15 assists. Emma Flynn '21 in next on the team with 20 points after notching six scores and dishing out 14 helpers.
  • Kaitlin Hoang '21 owns a team-high eight goals to go along with nine assists to total 17 points, while Katelyn Pantera '19 (7G, 6A, 13P), Jamie McNamara '19 (6G, 7A, 13P) and Miriam Eickhoff '19 (2G, 9A, 11P) constitute the Mammoths other 10-plus point getters on the season.
  • In net, Caitlin Walker '22 (9-6-2) has appeared in 21 contests for Amherst, notching 497 saves to own a .931 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average in 1139 minutes. She has posted two shut outs on the winter.

SCOUTING WILLIAMS
No. 1 Seed (18-4-3, 10-4-2 NESCAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • The NESCAC's top scorer (1.42 PPG), Meghan Halloran leads a potent Ephs offense with 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 total points.
  • Annie Rush (11G-11A-22P) and Abby Brustad (8G-13A-21P) have each eclipsed the 20-point mark as reliable scoring threats, while Amanda Reisman (6G-8A-14P), Brynn Puppe (5G-8A-13P), Mia Carroll (1G-12A-13P) and Avery Dunn (5G-7A-12P) round out Williams' 10-plus point getters.
  • Chloe Heiting (15-2-2) has seen the majority of minutes in between the pipes, racking up 419 saves to boast a .944 save percentage, a 1.28 goals against average, and five shut outs in 20 starts.

SCOUTING MIDDLEBURY
No. 2 Seed (15-7-3, 9-5-2 NESCAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Madie Leidt is the lone Panther to tally more than 20-points, with the sophomore potting 10 goals and dishing out 13 helpers for 23 points so far this winter.
  • Jenna Letterie is second on the team in goals with nine and has added three helpers for 12 points, while defenses should also be on the lookout for Jenna Marotta (4G-12A-16P) and Katherine Jackson (5G-10A-15P).
  • Lin Han (10-2-2) and Anna Goldstein (5-5-1) have split time in goal, with Han notching 283 stops in 850 minutes to own a .940 save percentage and a 1.27 goals against average and Goldstein making 234 saves in 652 minutes to boast a .957 save percentage and a 1.20 goals against average.

SCOUTING HAMILTON
No. 3 Seed (16-7-2, 9-5-2 NESCAC) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Nancy Loh leads the Continentals in all three offensive statistical categories, posting a team-high 10 goals, 15 assists and 25 points.
  • Kate Piacenza in next on Hamilton with 16 points behind nine goals and seven helpers, while Mya Berretta (8G-6A-14P), Andrea Rockey (6G-7A-13P) and Missy Segall (5G-7A-12P) have each logged more than 10 points this season.
  • In between the pipes, Gabrielle Venne (8-2-1) and Sammy Johnson (6-3-0) have split minutes, with Venne recording 273 saves in 11 starts to own a .955 save percentage and a 1.17 goals against average and Johnson registered 190 stops in nine appearances to boast a .931 save percentage and a 1.56 GAA.

BY THE NUMBERS

   No. 5 Amherst   No. 1 Williams   No. 2 Middlebury   No. 3 Hamilton 
 Games 25 25 25 25
 Goals 53 71 60 64
 Goals/Game 2.12 2.84 2.40 2.56
 Assists 86 111 93 103
 Total Points 139 182 153 167
 Goals Against 51 38 33 39
 Saves 631 534 520 560
 Save % .925 .934 .940 .935
 GAA 2.02 1.50 1.30 1.55
 Power Play % 12.8% 26.8% 17.3% 22.9%
 Penalty Kill % 89.2% 86.0% 87.3% 82.4%
 Penalties/Game   2.7 3.7 2.6 2.8


2018 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship
Semifinals - Saturday, March 2 - at Williams
No. 5 Amherst at No. 1 Williams - 1 p.m.
No. 3 Hamilton vs. No. 2 Middlebury  - 4 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, March 3 - at Williams
Semifinal Winners - 2 p.m.

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